Vintage Surf meet 2019 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2019 coming soon !
Free to take part
We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Hot Generation twin fin by Ian Thompson ,north Cornwall

 Hot Generation boards are a pretty rare sight today. They were shaped by Ian Thompson , at a factory at the Old Airfield, St Merryn near Padstow  (site of Jolly Good surfboards and Fluid Juice surfboards amongst others) and this bat-tail twin fin dates to around 1981. Before starting Hot Generation, Ian worked for G&S . The shape of this harks back to the Mark Richards twin fin , the design then tweaked by G&S head shaper Robin Prodanovich , which inspired Ian when he worked there to bring out his own shapes . This board is a great shape for UK waves , 6ft x a wide 21 1/2 , will keep speed over less perfect sections of waves . The fins are G&S star fins , with UK fins made by Pete Crab in South Wales. Amazingly enough Alex Williams took some photos of this board when it was brand new - see below . Alex was friends with Ian and did some photo shoots for Hot Generation publicity.

 Shots of this board when it was brand new circa 1981 ! Thanks to Alex Williams for digging out his old photos !

 Gleaming brand new twin fins , Ian is on the right I think. The mags are from 1981.

 On the fins is written Pete Crab star systems . I reckon these were the original fins for the board, so UK made not US imports.

 Hot Generation publicity shots, very early 80s , photos by Alex.  Beautiful shapes and sprays.


  1. Great history finding original photos from Alex! Still in great condition aswell! I would love a bat tail in my collection!

  2. This is a great looking board and its even better to see it has some history. Envy hardly describes how I feel.

  3. I can't think my summer without a simple touch of my Gold Coast Longboards
    . I really like to speed against the big blue waves in the sea. Thanks for the post.